18 days in Japan Itinerary

18 days in Japan Itinerary

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18 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Kyoto
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Kanazawa
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 45​min
4
Nikko
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tokyo
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Pune

3
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Venture out of the city with trips to Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii (in Suooshima-cho), Iwakuni (Kintaikyo Bridge & Iwakuni Castle) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: stroll through Kashima Kaisuiyokujo, examine the collection at Yamato Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyamazumi Shrine.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hiroshima trip planner.

Pune, India to Hiroshima is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Pune to Hiroshima. July in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Iwakuni, Kure, Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii, Mt. Misen, Oyamazumi Shrine
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Mt. Misen ©
Mt. Misen
JMSDF Kure Museum ©
JMSDF Kure Museum
Yamato Museum ©
Yamato Museum

4
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Yoshino-cho (Kinpusenji Temple, Yoshimizu Shrine, & more), Sakurai (Hase-dera Temple, Omiwa Shrine, & more) and Akame Shijuhachi Waterfall (in Nabari). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asuka-dera Temple, contemplate the long history of Kurozuka Kofun, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Ishibutai Tomb.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kyoto vacation planning app .

You can take a train from Hiroshima to Kyoto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kyoto are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sakurai, Yoshino-cho, Asuka-mura, Muroji Temple, Kashihara Jingu
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 18:
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Ishibutai Tomb
Ishibutai Tomb
Asuka-dera Temple ©
Asuka-dera Temple
Muroji Temple ©
Muroji Temple

3
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Get out of town with these interesting Kanazawa side-trips: Fukube Falls (in Hakusan), Sakai (Tojinbo Cliff & Maruoka Castle) and Shirakawa-mura (Tenshukakau Observatory, Ogimachi Castle Old Site Observatory, & more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum and take in the spiritual surroundings of Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kanazawa travel app .

Traveling by train from Kyoto to Kanazawa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kanazawa are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shirakawa-mura, Sakai, Fukube Falls, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:
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2
nights
Nikko

Nikko ©
A gateway to a sprawling and diverse national park, a center of Shinto spiritualism and place of Buddhist worship, an emblem of the riches and dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate: Nikko means many things to many people.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shinkyo Bridge. On the 22nd (Mon), contemplate the long history of Seichu Shrine, then browse the different shops at Sano Premium Outlet, and then steep yourself in history at Joraku-ji Temple. On the next day, snap pictures at Shinkyo Bridge, see the interesting displays at Mibu Municipal Museum of History and Folklore, then stroll around Mibumachi Joshi Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Okoto Shrine.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nikko online trip planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Nikko in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Kanazawa, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nikko, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tokyo.

Things to do in Nikko

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Mibu-machi, Sano Premium Outlet
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Okoto Shrine ©
Okoto Shrine
Shinkyo Bridge ©
Shinkyo Bridge
Sano Premium Outlet ©
Sano Premium Outlet

5
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Akihabara, Ueno Park, Tokyo Skytree, and other attractions. Change things up with these side-trips from Tokyo: Kamogawa (Kamogawa Sea World, Amatsu Shinmeigu Shrine, & more), Kimitsu (Nomizo Falls & Kameiwa Cave) and Oki no Shima (in Tateyama). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Moroiso Shores, enjoy breathtaking views from Nokogiri Mountain Nihon Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Morito Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Torozakadaishi Kiridoshi Tunnel.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tokyo online driving holiday planner .

You can take a train from Kanazawa to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kamogawa, Kimitsu, Futtsu, Nokogiri Mountain Nihon Temple, Morito Shrine
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 28:
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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden ©
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

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